Becoming Buffy

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Hel-lo, Ripper! This week we’re shocked to find out that our stuffy, tweed-clad librarian is in fact hiding a few, dark secrets. It is now Giles’ turn to face his demons as he is confronted with the mistakes of his past and forced to turn to Buffy for help. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah's spoiler free discussion of the themes of addiction and control through the metaphor of magic. 
What is Chanterelle/Lily/Anne's real name and how does it relate to Buffy? Why is there less of a contrast between soul-less Spike and ensouled Spike vs. Angel and Angelus? Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah for their spoiler-filled discussion of "Lie to Me," and how it relates to the rest of the series. 
An old friend of Buffy's comes into town but she soon find out that he intends to betray her and turn her over to Spike in exchange for immortality. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they discuss honesty, free will, and the loss of innocence that comes with growing up. 
It's Halloween in Sunnydale, and a mysterious man from Giles' past causes everyone to forget who they are and turn into their costumed characters. Unfortunately, Spike catches wind that the Slayer is not quite herself, and chaos ensues. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they discuss, identity, adolescence, and the confidence that comes from being oneself. Don't forget to check out "Scoobies' Secrets," the spoiler filled analysis at the end of the episode.
It's Halloween in Sunnydale, and a mysterious man from Giles' past causes everyone to forget who they are and turn into their costumed characters. Unfortunately, Spike catches wind that the Slayer is not quite herself, and chaos ensues. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they discuss, identity, adolescence, and the confidence that comes from being oneself. Don't forget to check out "Scoobies' Secrets," the spoiler filled analysis at the end of the episode.
A high school girl goes missing,  and just when Buffy's feeling stretched thin between her duties and desires, several college boys from a local fraternity invite her and Cordelia to a suspicious party. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as the discuss themes of college rape culture, the abuse of women as a means of control, and not judging people by their appearances. Don't forget to check out "Scoobies' Secrets," a spoiler-filled analysis at the end of the episode.
Buffy's struggling yet again to be a normal girl, Willow's tired of simply being Xander's best friend, and Xander's in love..only this time she's a life-sucking mummy with a heartbreaking past.  Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they discuss themes of free will, choice, and what it means to truly love someone sacrificially. Stick around for "Scoobies' Secrets," the spoiler filled section at the end of the podcast. 
A new big bad (or two!) is in town, and he is ready to throw tradition and order out the window...the school window, that is. Buffy must save her mom and friends from vampires, while also trying to save her grades and maintain her secret identity as a slayer. Join Sarah, Tabby, Leah, and special guest Rebekah Pruett for a spoiler free discussion of sacrifice, siring, and the importance of friendship to not only survive, but to thrive. Stick around for "Scoobies' Secrets," a spoiler-filled section at the end of the episode.
Someone is digging up dead girls and dismembering them, Giles and Jenny go on their first date, and Angel, Buffy, and Xander deal with the repercussions of Buffy's actions from the previous episode. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as the discuss themes of misogyny,  control, and societies' unrealistic expectations of women's bodies. Stick around for "Scoobies' Secrets," the spoiler free analysis at the end of the episode.
Xander and Willow almost kiss, someone is trying to raise the Master, and Buffy is back in Sunnydale with some serious trauma. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah for a spoiler free discussion of the Season 2 premiere of Becoming Buffy. Don't forget to check out "Scoobies' Secrets," the spoiler full section at the end of the episode.
There's nothing better than watching Buffy...except maybe introducing it to someone who has never seen the show and doesn't know any spoilers! Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they discuss season 1 with Buffy newbie, Liz Kenney, and hear her thoughts on Xander, love triangles, and predictions for season 2. 
Xander gears up to ask Buffy to the school dance, Giles discovers an ancient prophecy revealing that the Master will kill Buffy, and once again, Buffy is caught between her role as a Slayer and her desire for a normal life. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah for a spoiler free discussion of the themes of acceptance and power. Stick around for "Scoobies' Secrets," a spoiler filled analysis at the end of the podcast. 
Cordelia is targeted by an invisible girl, Buffy struggles with feeling like an outsider, Angel appears to give Giles a message, and who in the world are these strange men in suits lurking around Sunnydale High School? Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they discuss issues like cliques, loneliness, bullying, and the line between standing up for yourself and becoming the very thing you hate. Don't forget to check out "Scoobies' Secrets," the spoiler filled analysis of the episode at the end of the podcast.
Everyone's nightmares have become a reality, and the gang is no exception. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they continue their (spoiler-full!) discussion of one of the most pivotal and foundational episodes of the series. Themes like fear, control, vulnerability, guilt, abuse, shame, and how it affects and influences these characters for the rest of the show.
A little boy is badly beaten causing everyone's nightmares to become a reality, and when you're the Slayer, you really don't want to meet the things you dream about at night. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they discuss one of the most foundational episodes of the show, delving deep into the themes of abuse and fear and how they can have power over us.
Sunnydale High is hosting a talent show and someone or something is stealing people's organs. Is it the nazi-like new principal, with the creepy tendency to show up in dark hallways and basements when Buffy's alone? Or is it the weird puppet that unnerves Buffy and sneaks into her room at night? Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they discuss the lowest rated episode of the entire show. Don't forget to listen to "Scoobies' Secrets," a spoiler-full analysis at the end of the podcast.
Computers are evil! Well, at least Giles thinks so, and in this case he's not wrong. Willow unknowingly falls for the demon Moloch who is using the internet to gain power and control over people through their love. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they discuss the dangers of the internet, the hidden meaning of Buffy's tank tops, and meet, "that dreadful Calendar woman." Stick around until the end of the podcast for "Scoobies' Secrets," a spoiler analysis of the episode and how it relates to the rest of the series.
The Master is trying to kill Buffy again, Darla reveals her twisted connection to Angel, Buffy's mom lands in the hospital, oh, and Angel's a VAMPIRE?!?  Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they discuss what it means to have a soul, and how it doesn't necessarily make you a good person. Don't forget to check out "Scoobies' Secrets," the spoiler analysis at the end of the podcast.
Holy Moly, what in the world is going on in Sunnydale?? Xander becomes cruel and callous after the spirit of a Hyena takes over his body, the principal has been eaten (RIP Flutie), and Willow is proving more and more that she is not to be underestimated. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they discuss the double standards for teen boys vs. girls, bullying, and the toxic, "boys will be boys," attitude. Don't forget to stick around for "Scoobies' Secrets," a spoiler filled analysis of the episode at the end of the podcast.
Buffy's going on a date!! ..with...Owen? The Anointed One is about to rise in Sunnydale, and once again, Buffy finds herself struggling to maintain a normal life while also balancing her responsibilities as a slayer. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah for a spoiler free analysis as they discuss the effect slaying has on all Buffy's relationships, and the sacrifices she makes to keep her loved ones safe. Stick around for "Scoobies' Secrets," a spoiler analysis at the end of the podcast, for long time fans. 
A beloved science teacher is murdered and Xander, along with every other boy in school, seems completely infatuated with the attractive but deadly new substitute. Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they discuss how hook up culture, abuse of power, and toxic masculinity play a role in distorting a teen's view of himself and others. Don't forget to stick around for "Scoobies' Secrets," a spoiler-full analysis of the episode at the end of the podcast.
Buffy's making attempts at a normal life by joining the cheerleading squad, Xander's making attempts to tell Buffy how he feels about her, and someone is making attempts on all the cheerleaders' lives! Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah as they discuss (spoiler free) the themes and metaphors of parental pressure and control, vs. a teen's desire to be their own person. Stick around for "Scoobies' Secrets" at the end of the podcast, a spoiler-filled analysis of how this episode fits into the rest of the series.
The Master is trying to escape, Jesse has been kidnapped, and apparently vampires have glowing nails? But none of that matters because the dark, handsome stranger is back and this time, with a name...Angel! Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah for a spoiler free analysis of the second episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and if you want to know spoilers for the rest of the show, stick around to the end for the spoiler-filled analysis, "Scoobies' Secrets."
What is a Slayer? Who is this Master dude? More importantly, who is this tall, mysterious "friend," that's following Buffy? And what exactly is the Bronze, anyway? Join Sarah, Tabby, and Leah for their spoiler free analysis of the pilot episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Don't forget to stick around to the end for "Scoobies' Secrets," a spoiler-filled analysis of the episode, for long time fans of the show!
Sarah, Tabby, and Leah introduce themselves and explain their love for the television show, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and why they are passionate about starting a podcast that discusses and dissects the themes, metaphors, and symbolism of Buffy. 
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Podcast Details

Created by
Sarah Watson, Tabby Gibson, & Leah Gibson
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Sep 3rd, 2020
Latest Episode
Mar 4th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
25
Avg. Episode Length
About 2 hours
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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